All medical students are required to engage in Service Learning in order to graduate.The first year requirement is 30 hours but about one third to one half does 40. The second year requirement is 20 hours, and again, one third or so of the students do 30 hours. The total each year for both classes is on the order of 10,000 plus service hours. The venues are quite varied, with about one-half of them directly related to patient care, and the rest are "other."
Since the early days of makeshift urgent care sites, Tulane community health has grown into 8 sites directly operated by the University and services in partnership at additional locations. We employ over 90 staff including doctors, social workers, case managers and patient representatives, and support workforce training. The Tulane Community Health Centers provide high quality, cost effective, culturally competent care to the vulnerable populations in Greater New Orleans. The Tulane Community Health Centers serve 20,000 people, with a growth rate of 20% per year. All sites are nationally recognized for their quality and efficiency by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as certified Patient-Centered Medical Homes.
Faculty and clinical staff also provide services at 10 schools across the metropolitan New Orleans area. These services range from health screenings, counseling, education, communicable disease prevention, immunizations, treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, follow-up of existing health conditions, and physical exams. Examples of the more comprehensive programs follow.
The Tulane school of Medicine has entered into partnerships with several local non-profit organizations to provide free health care.
The Tulane Rural Outreach Initiative to reach out to rural Louisiana began in early 2008, paralleling the neighborhood effort in the New Orleans metro area. The vision for this effort is to combine resources, experience and wisdom present in rural communities with those in the academic institution in order to improve health in the community. The health-care related obstacles faced by communities in rural Louisiana are quite different from, yet equally challenging to, those facing the communities targeted in Tulane's neighborhood health center project. Rural citizens face a unique combination of economic, social, educational and geographic factors that create disparities in health care and isolation from health-related resources. Several Louisiana communities are being targeted for the initial outreach, with site visits to develop clinical rotation sites for medical students, medical education programs; identity local physicians to serve as clinical faculty for clinical rotations in these sites, develop projects to assist communities with targeted public health priorities and needs and partner on physician workforce development including recruitment of future medical students from rural areas. Please contact Lindsey Rae Middleton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Community Affairs and Health Policy is dedicated to working with neighborhood leaders to build capacity among the population to address health needs. While most neighborhood's have a common end goal to increase the health of their community, we recognize the uniqueness of each individual neighborhood and thus have developed different strategies to address these needs in partner with the community leaders. These strategies include coalition building and convening, and well as advising on tangibles such as on future clinic operations, business plans and programs. OCAHP provides health and clinical knowledge, partnering with the assets on the ground to take a team approach to improving the neighborhood. Together we are building a healthy New Orleans one neighborhood at a time.
ARTDOCS is a nonprofit organization that provides access to primary healthcare to artists of the greater New Orleans area with limited resources and no health insurance. Understanding that art is central to the history, culture and economy of New Orleans, ARTDOCS has provided care to writers, visual artists, musicians, poets and performers for over 10 years. Tulane faculty from the Department of Family and Community Medicine provide healthcare, serve on the board of directors and as the medical director for the organization.
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